‘300 JI Members Operating in RP'
Over 300 members of the Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) are now scattered all over the country after establishing connections with their local Islamist counterparts in the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a highly placed source told The STAR yesterday. “They are all over the country. They have scattered into smaller groups or cells and are operating independently, on their own,” the source said. The same source disclosed that the JI training for terrorists in MILF camps has been interrupted by successive military offensives since 2001. “The military offensives led to these JI members to be on the run, they fled to different areas and could no longer be controlled. That is why you get the bombings in Davao. Expect more bombings because there people are acting independent of the other groups,” the source said. It was learned that the more than 300 Indonesians and other foreign nationals who have trained in MILF camps through the years have not returned to their countries of origin. Full Story